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Touriga Franca

Touriga Franca
Touriga Franca is a dark thick-skinned red grape variety autochthonous to Douro Valley wine region of Portugal. The grape is one of the key red grape varietals used in the blend for production of the Port wine. Touriga Franca is from the same family related to the Touriga Nacional grape variety, giving wines with a similar character, though Touriga Franca is not that concentrated and has more elegance. It is the fifth most planted grape in Portugal and most planted in Douro Valley. It is known for its capability to ripen early as well as the unique mix of fruit and wildflowers that it gives to Port wines. Touriga Franca can be found as an individual varietal wine or as part of the blends of still, dry wines that are growing in popularity in the Douro and Dão wine regions. When vinified alone produces intense perfume of fresh, ripe red fruits, dried spices and flowers, and its lively fruit character is multiplied on the palate, preserving a distinguished quality in the wine as it matures.

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